BBC finances to be scrutinised

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The Independent Online

The BBC is to submit its finances to scrutiny by the public spending watchdog.

The National Audit Office (NAO) will be able to look at executive pay and examine details of financial contracts between the public sector broadcaster and other companies. The move could lead to many stars' pay being exposed, as many of them charge for their services through independent production companies.

The NAO had previously refused to sign confidentiality agreements over stars' pay.